The Herman Buchman papers span 1939-1990, and consist of correspondence, personal papers, photographs, sketches, clippings, and ephemera relating to his professional activities as makeup artist, author, and educator. The correspondence includes letters to and from Herman Buchman, mostly concerning his two published books, STAGE MAKEUP and FILM AND TELEVISION MAKEUP. The personal papers include certificates from professional organizations, sketchbooks, resumes, clippings, photographs of Herman Buchman, and some unidentified personal slides and negatives. The teaching materials include photographs, slides, and a few programs from student productions at SUNY College at Purchase, the Juilliard School of Music, The Juilliard Opera Theatre, and The Juilliard School's Drama Division. Material relating to Herman Buchman's two published books forms the largest part of the collection, and consists of photographs, photographic proofs, color transparencies, original artwork, clippings, and notes. Although he worked in theater, film, television, opera, and ballet, Herman Buchman's motion picture work is best documented. There are a number of screenplays, photographs, and slides of productions to which he contributed from the 1940s to the 1970s. Other aspects of Herman Buchman's career represented in the collection include lectures, book proposals, articles written, and material relating to educational films and two television series.
Herman Buchman (1920-1996) was a makeup artist for the stage, movies, and television, and an author, teacher, and lecturer. Born in May 1920, Herman "Bucky" Buchman grew up in New York and originally aspired to be a painter. After Army service during the Second World War, he returned to New York, joined the Makeup and Hair Stylists Union, and became makeup director on numerous Broadway productions, including FINIAN'S RAINBOW, JENNY KISSED ME, THE BIRD CAGE, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, GALILEO, and John Webster's THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, for which he transformed the African-American actor Canada Lee into a white character. Herman Buchman was also makeup director for films, including TWELVE ANGRY MEN, THE MIRACLE WORKER, EDGE OF THE CITY, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S, and others. He also worked in television from the 1950s onward, for PLAYHOUSE 90 and STUDIO ONE, soap operas such as ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and RYAN'S HOPE, and the game show THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES.